For every headband purchased from Headbands of Hope, the organization donates a headband to a girl who has lost her hair after cancer treatment.  Headbands of Hope and Operation Beautiful are teaming up – very soon, we’ll be releasing a special Operation Beautiful headband to support HoH’s mission.  Until then, it’s National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and I wanted to share a guest post from the HoH founder, a college student named Jessica, about the importance of this month and how you can help.


Jessica says… Almost everyone can think of a moment where they knew their life was about to change. For me, my moment was right before my 20th birthday in the summer of 2011. I began my internship at the Make-a-Wish Foundation that I can confidently say, changed my life forever. Everyday, I got to wake up and grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. I took day trips to visit the wish kids at their houses and bring them their favorite toys. We received hundreds of letters from wish children that said we changed their lives; little did they know, they were changing mine.


I thought about the thousands of girls around the world losing their hair to chemotherapy. Being a young girl presents many struggles with self-esteem already and losing their hair as a result of a life-threatening illness is traumatic.  For girls and women everywhere, their hair is a part of their feminine identity. Wigs can be uncomfortable and unappealing, especially to younger girls.  I realized that headbands are the perfect way for these girls to keep their feminine identity and have a constant reminder that they’re not alone.  Therefore, I started Headbands of Hope.


For every headband purchased, one headband will go to a girl with cancer and $1 will be donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research. I’ll constantly be bringing in new collections for women of all ages and all style types at


Since we launched in April, I’ve had the opportunity to distribute headbands to girls in the hospitals across the nation. The best part of my job is opening the door to their room and seeing their faces light up when I bring dozens of colorful headbands to their beds to choose from.  Even though it’s fun and fulfilling to bring the girls headbands in the hospitals, I’m constantly reminded that there still isn’t a cure.


One of the Hope Girls, Jenna (not her real name), a bubbly, beautiful 6-year-old, once told me she loved to listen to "big girl" music and liked being the "mommy" to her group of dolls.  Jenna’s headband was her signature; she was never seen without it. One month ago, I got a phone call from her mother that she had gotten terrible news from the doctor and Jenna only had a couple weeks at most. Jenna had always dreamed of being a Disney Princess so her family decided to take her to Disney World for her final days.


As I was trying to compose myself on the other end of the phone, the mother told me that Jenna wanted to have a “princess” headband to wear when she met Cinderella. I immediately sent over a variety of headbands for Jenna to wear. Her mom told me she put all of them on her head at once because she couldn’t decide.   The family sent me pictures of Jenna surrounded by all the princesses wearing her pink headband. A couple days later, Jenna passed away. 


Childhood cancer takes the lives of more children in the U.S. than any other disease – in fact, more than many other childhood diseases combined.  Children with cancer cannot be treated simply as "smaller adults." The cancers strike kids differently and they are in a crucial stage of development, which complicates the effects of treatments and can result in life-long complications.  Although research over the last 40 years has raised the overall cure rate from virtually none to about 80%, many types of childhood cancer remain very difficult to cure, including neuroblastoma, the cancer that took Jenna’s life. Progress is also especially slow in curing adolescents and young adults, because federal funding for childhood cancers is a fraction compared to adult cancers.  Therefore, attention needs to be brought to childhood cancer. Progress can’t be made without research. Research can’t be done without funding. And funding can’t be done without awareness. 


Headbands of Hope aims to start with awareness and end with a cure.  You can help by purchasing a headband at Together, we can spread hope in all girls…one headband at a time.



  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 11, 2012, 8:27 pm

    I love this company and what they stand for. Every little bit of hope in a child’s heart to push through the hardest thing they will ever battle, should be given to them. If that hope can come from purchasing something as simple as a headband, it’s a beautiful thing.

  • Natalie September 11, 2012, 8:30 pm

    What a great organization! As someone who’s been effected by cancer, it’s so heartening to see people making a difference.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 11, 2012, 8:36 pm

    I love Headbands of Hope! I posted about them on my blog after ordering one for myself and one for my friend. It’s an amazing organization!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing September 11, 2012, 9:47 pm

    Awesome, I JUST ended a giveaway with Headbands of Hope on my blog (announced the winner today!). Great organization!

  • Amykinz @ Foodie 4 Healing September 11, 2012, 9:49 pm

    I love this, Caitlin! I will definitely be purchasing my headbands from here from now on. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jolene ( September 11, 2012, 10:09 pm

    What a great organization 🙂 Thanks for posting this!

  • Tricia September 11, 2012, 11:34 pm

    7 kids were diagnosed with cancer today in the US, 1 dies every 4 hrs. The reason I know this is because I fight with a mom who lost her child to cancer 4 yrs ago. She has never gotten over it. She has made it her life’s mission to raise awareness. Childhood cancer is the least funded of all the cancer “groups” and only 1 cent of every $1 donated to cancer charities goes to the kids. I love that this girl gives back. There is an organization called Curesearch that does 5ks. It’s not really competitive, you walk. They also do a hike but you have to raise a minimum amount to do this. St. Baldricks is another one, they do shaving events where you have people donate to see you shave your head! Thanks for supporting the kids Caitlin. My facebook is all gold for the kids!

  • Brittan September 12, 2012, 12:30 am

    Thank you for this beautiful post. It brought tears to my eyes. I have lost two important people to cancer and I understand how frustrating it is that there is no cure. I just bought a fun new headband that will make me feel great every time I wear it 🙂

  • Kate September 12, 2012, 12:37 am

    Love this. I usually buy BIC bands. I will definitely give Headbands of Hope some business. What a heartbreaking story.

    On a completely unrelated note, I saw this on Pinterest and immediately thought of you! Stalktacular, creeptastic, right?! Thought you might love it 🙂

  • Mary September 12, 2012, 9:14 am

    Thank you for posting about this! My sweet cousin had an awful brain tumor at the age of 12-it was the size of an orange. Cancer is such a nasty thing…especially for innocent kids. I was totally unaware of how little pediatric cancer is discussed until it was a part of my life. Most of the money raised through Relay for Life and things like that doesn’t go toward research for pediatric cancer. Thank you for bringing awareness to such an awful thing. Hopefully there will be a cure one day!

  • Karen September 12, 2012, 9:26 am

    This is a beautiful organization. I will definitely be buying my headbands from HoH and passing this along.

  • Lauren September 12, 2012, 10:12 am

    My little brother passed away from a rare pediatric liver cancer…we participate in St Baldricks every year..I’ll be buying a headband today and posting the site as well

    • Caitlin September 12, 2012, 10:32 am

      i’m so sorry 🙁

  • Jessica September 12, 2012, 2:46 pm

    Hi Everyone-

    Thanks so much for your comments and support of what I’m doing. It’s people like you and your personal stories that make everything worth it.

    And of course, thanks to Caitlin for sharing! 🙂


  • luv what you do September 12, 2012, 10:33 pm

    I used to work at St Jude so pediatric oncology is close to my heart. I love that you are supporting the kids with such adorble head bands!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed September 13, 2012, 8:50 am

    I just bought 3, they are beautiful and what a great cause! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Ashley May 21, 2013, 7:15 pm

    A friend’s daughter has been battling leukemia. On Monday, I will run the LaneyBug 5K for their foundation. After the race, she is going to cut my ponytail for Beautiful Lengths. I found Headbands of Hope on your blog and ordered us two headbands. One as a thank you to her and one for my new ‘do!
    Thanks for spreading the word on Headbands of Hope!

    • Caitlin May 22, 2013, 12:05 pm

      Thank you! I will be thinking of your friends’s daughter!

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